In Memory of Dr. King… 4 of 30

This morning I laid out my suit Sat my matching heels next to the bed Made sure to brush my locs Took extra care in getting dressed Today would be a day of respect and rememberance Quiet lined streets Said it sounded like a firecracker cherry boomed through the streets Single shot fired April 4, 1968 Oh Lorraine Memphis what have you done Precious Lord Swing Low Sweet Chariot Soon and Very Soon The King Don’t take our Martin Grandma said it was as if someone had stolen her breath away The deeper she breathed, the more painful it felt Body just hurt all over Arms, legs, shoulders, whole heart aching Shango Adam Cain what have you done to Abel My brother’s keeper Of the same species yet segregated by ignorance Yahweh They, they… No time to speak What us gon’ do What about Mrs. Coretta No no no no no no no no no no no no not Martin Aint no strength in a nation weakened and mourning Through his cheek, say it smashed his jawbone, down his spinal cord and lodged in his shoulder Dr. said he had the heart of a 60 year old but he was only 39 Too many mothers crying over Emmet Till No freedom in this riding Poor babies in the basement of that church Crosses burning Lynch mobs Beatings Don’t water hose our babies Tears after tears after tears after Wait, don’t riot Can’t control it Y’all done took away our Martin Dr. Abernathy, tell them no violence Can’t stop it Just so mad so angry Just overcome with emotion Ain’t nothing left to do Frustration bottled up Too much blue/brown eyes experimenting Ain’t no smoothing, the nation simply languished in the agony of your passing We still have a Dream Dr. King We still remember you You’re an icon Gone but never forgotten We tell our children of you March, preach, cite, and walk in your honor We love you We miss you We thank you twice the world over and back again

In memory of Legacy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

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